Red Sox need some roster exit velocity to jettison underachievers
By Rick McNair
Need creates a roster spot and Brian Johnson will undoubtedly stay much to the elation of American League hitters. Now nearing 29-years-old, the former first-round pick (2012) has done little to ingratiate his left-handed hurling to the Red Sox fan base. Bluntly stated Johnson has done nothing in repeated opportunities offered to him.
Johnson’s personal and health issues have possibly affected his development, but the fact remains his “stuff” is just MLB borderline – a Blake Swihart of the pitchers. The only real positive is Johnson managed to outlast another dismal first-round failure – Henry Owens.
Johnson’s salary is just $575,000 for this season and his value is minimal in either trade or contributions to the team. Getting released now is not necessary, but expect Johnson to either be bypassed at contract time or traded, sold, or sent to Korean baseball.